I changed my website's flatfile CMS to be Automad! I have installed so many different CMS on my domain hahaha. I wanted more flexibility to showcase different projects on my main page. It was nice to re-evaluate what to keep on my website. I have some super old stuff on there that I still like, and some more recent stuff that I no longer like, so I took off. It's turning more and more into a strange repository of stuff! Like my OC page!! If I had all the time in the world I'd start to compiling my plush, tamagotchis, and meromeropark characters too.
My brain only has so much capacity to store short term ideas/info before it's replaced by other things. One idea out, one idea in. I forgot the standalone comic I wrote for a while because I had to write/draw a bunch of other things (Yakuzine, Poss, etc.), but then I was reminded about it again when some communications about it arrived in my inbox.
I survived April, but May is shaping up to be equally busy.
I didn't write down my specific thoughts for some of the titles below so this entry is a bit more sparse. Sometimes I screencap things as I read them as visual reminders for my round-up post later. Most of the time I forget. I've been reading a lot more manga titles because I know they're things that I can finish in a shorter period of sitting. I've deferred so many longer text-only reads and I've hit my max holds at the library!
Recommended by Powerswithin and Schen! I think the lessons in this film are ones that I'm familiar with, having worked with a lot of people who are chronically or terminally ill.
22 trying so hard...
Creeping the life of people inside Pixar. I like that they included staff that wasn't directly involved in production, like the pastry chef!
Marvel Studio Assembled: The Making of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
I was surprised at how many fake sets were made!! And the amount of detail in the costumes.
Ursula Ku / Kevin Gifford (translation), Dawne Law / Ean Scrale / Jan Lan Ivan Concepcion (lettering), Mike Martin (additional lettering), Ean Scrale / Tiff Ferentini / Thalia Sutton / Dawne Law (editing), Phil Balsman (cover design)
LBR I picked this up because the guy has glasses! Which is kinda rare in shoujo manga (probably because glasses obscure the eyes, and glasses are also super hard to draw...)
The main character pulls her hair like this in frustration and it makes me laugh!
Why do you have so many glasses? Don't your eyeballs get messed up when you have to readjust to a new frame/lens ?!
The author really paid attention to fashion and it shows in how the characters all wear different things and are styled differently every day! I think some people might feel a bit ick because of the very prominent age gap. I was kinda sad that the character that I thought was aro turned out to not be...!!
Sometimes this character reminds me too much of me in spirit and appearance. Though my bangs only do this if it's super greasy.
Daniel Joseph (editor), Daniel Komen (translation), Risa Cho / Evan Hayden / Lorina Mapa(production)
Recommended by Ben. Very messed up and uncomfortable, so very effective...!!
It's uncomfortable enough that I kind of don't want to keep reading...but...
Daniel Joseph (editor), David Musto (translation), Grace Lu / Tomoe Tsutsumi (production)
I gave this series another chance after my weird feelings about vol 2. The main plot has picked up again. I just have to readjust my expectations about what to expect and what kind of storytelling style this author has! More meandering than I'm used to, but that's just how it goes!
Kumar Sivasubramanian (translation), Risa Cho / Eve Grandt (production)
Very accurate to the dog and cat stereotypes and matches my (limited) experience with them. Cute and short!!
I see no lies.
Translation: Angelique Millard Devereaux / Lea Hisatake, Channon A. Dishman-Flores / Jennifer Zahorchak (editing), Hailey Phelan / darla (lettering), Vulpecula (DMG Group)
I picked this up on a whim. Short, unrelated stories. My ereader fooled me for a while because it auto-defaulted to reverse/inverted colours, and I thought I was reading an extended flashback scene.
10 dance #1 by Inouesatoh
Karhys (translation), Brndn Blakeslee (lettering), Lauren Scanlan (editing), Phil Balsman (cover design)
The scene where the latin dancer turns into a shoujo maiden in the emperor's hold made me laugh so much!!
Haikyu!! #9-10 by Haruichi Furudate
Adrienne Beck (translation), Erika Terriquez (touch-up art and lettering), Fawn Lau (design), Marlene First (editor)
Continues to please. I love...Shimizu (glasses!!) and how everyone else thinks she is gorgeous and the best too...
Today's music post: Kiseki no Umi by Maaya Sakamoto (from Record of Lodoss Wars Chronicles of the Heroic Knight). I'm not sure why this was the first song that came to mind when I was typing this post! I watched the TV show and followed the comic by Masato Natsumoto for a short period, but I only remember fragments of the original Lodoss war OVA. Lodoss and Shining Force were definitely formative in building what I like about medieval fantasy genre.
Argh, March is almost over and I'm not ready for it. April is a scary month of work for me...
Nichijou 1 by Keiichi Arawi
Jenny McKeon (translation), Grace Lu and Hiroko Mizuno (production)
Similar feelings as City by the same, which I read last month.
Blue Flag 1-8 (end) by KAITO
Adrienne Beck (translation), Annaliese "Ace" Christman (lettering), Jimmy Presler (design), Marlene First (editor vol 1-7), Rae First (editor vol 8)
I'm taking a close look at whether this aquarium is overcrowded
I have mind/intention overlaps with the author. I was side-eye-ing a lot of characters for their behaviour but then they schooled me re: empathy/gender/queer stuff after I found out what they were thinking. The ending was sweeter than I expected!!
Live music while movie was playing. The music is not particularly memorable in the series. There were many mask jokes and it felt too relevant because we were mask wearing during the pandemic...
The movie still holds up, despite the age.
Joe Yamazaki (translation), John Hunt (touch-up art and lettering), Adam Grano (design), Mike Montesa (editor)
I enjoyed this dodging scene action. The usual, Kenshiro destroying people!
Cells at work and friends 2-4 by Kanna Kurono / Mio Izumi (Supervised Akane Shimizu)
Every character continues to be very unsmart, and I am grateful for it.
Blissful Land 2-5 (end) by Ichimon Izumi
Christine Dashiell (translation), Carl Vanstiphoutl (lettering), William Flanagan (editing)
Another succinct series without any conflict, just good vibes. This cursed object made me laugh so much.
Caleb Cook (translation), Brandon Bovia (touch-up art and lettering), Alice Lewis (design), Karla Clark (editor)
Greed and drama! Obi steals my heart over and over again.
Otomen 10 by Aya Kanno
JN Productions (translation and adaptation), Mark McMurray (Touch-up art and lettering), Fawn Lau (design), Amy Yu (editor)
It's dragon ball style this time hahaha. The plot is getting more and more ridiculous.
Turning Red (2022) directed by Domee Shi
I love cringe cry nerdy teenager. So many relatable moments.
The 4*Town songs are too good. Aarons got so little air time hahahahaha
I thought this was going to be more production-specific but it's actually more about the women leadership team behind it. Like a freetalk? Can't believe Domee got her parents to show us her old sketchbooks with anime fanarts HAHA...
Encanto (2021) directed by Byron Howard, Jared Bush, Charise Castro Smith
Glasses girl main!! Thematically overlaps a bit with Turning Red, but different sources of pain and trauma...
Mirabel..I want you to sew me a cute animal too!! I also had/have Bruno song stuck in my head forever.
Pixar Sparkshorts : Nona, Twenty Something, Burrow, Out, Purl, Smash and Grab, Kitbull, Float, Loop, Wind
I watch all of them! And their making-ofs and the Sparkshort documentary with spotlight on Aphton Corbin and Louis Gonzales! All worth watching!!
Haikyu 8 by Haruichi Furudate
Adrienne Beck (translation), Erika Terriquez (touch-up art and lettering), Fawn Lau (design), Marlene First (editor)
Continues to be great!
Blue Period 5 by Tsubasa Yamaguchi
Ajani Oloye (translation), Lys Blakeslee (lettering), Haruko Hashimoto (editing), Matthew Akuginow (cover design)
I really feel Yatora in this chapter because of the uselessness and lack of colour sense...
Leo McDonagh (translation), Ashley Caswell (lettering), Tiff Joshua TJ Ferentini (editing), Phil Balsman (cover design)
Transgender teen story by transgender mangaka!! I wonder where Jin's confidence comes from...I definitely wasn't this steadfast as a highschooler!
Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane (english adaptation), JN Productions (translation), Lys Blakeslee (touch-up art and lettering), Yukiko Whitley (design), Amy Yu (editor)
Turns out that the author likes to draw old men hahahaha.
YEA BABY BOAR!
I was wondering why this series is sooo long but I can see why now...the journey they have to take...
Christine Dashiell (translation), Carl Vanstiphout (lettering)
Everyone is hooking up...and very...cute. Impressed at how dedicated the BF is to learning sign language. BUT what about the CHILDHOOD CRUSH!?!??!!!! CLIFFHANGER.....?
Stefan Koza (translation), Snit Ahaton (touch-up art and lettering), Shawn Carrico (design), John Bae (editor), Erika Onabe (consulting editor)
Can't believe this finger eating scene. The teacher reminds me of Kakashi from Naruto. I'm also into these summoned dogs like everyone else.
Amber Tamosaitis (translation), Shannon Fay (adaptation), Kaitlyn Wiley (lettering and layout), Karis Page (cover design), Shanti Whitesides and Stephanie Cohen (proofreaders), Jenn Grunigen (assistant editor), CK Russell (production assistant), Lissa Pattillo (production manager), Adam Arnold (editor in chief), Jason DeAngelis (publisher)
For whatever reason I thought this was NOT going to be as wholesome as it was (I was expecting more...supernatural/occult for some reason, maybe the influence of reading Saicoink's stuff haha), but it is very wholesome. My fav thing is the very clear love the main character has for octopus/tako. I could feel it.
The octopus is on top of takoyaki in the tank...!?
The Yokohama scenes made me think of Yakuza 7~
Emily Taylor (translation), Jame Gaubatz (touch-up art and lettering), Julian [JR] Robinson (design), Alexis Kirsch (editor)
Behind the scenes of making Shounen Jump! I learned a lot about their papers! Fun look but also kinda sad that the production schedules are INSANE and people barely sleep/have rest.
I understand the author's self-deprecation...
Today's music post: Just go listen to all three 4*Town songs on their website! Nobody like U, 1 True Love, and U Know What's Up! May as well throw in Encanto's (SPOILERS in video footage) We Don't Talk about Bruno and Dos Oruguitas!
Another manga-heavy month. I started a bunch of these series because I heard about them in Mangasplaining!
An intimate, feature-length documentary following two patients through groundbreaking ‘first in-human’ trials for CAR T-cell therapy, a treatment described as the beginning of the end of cancer.
If you're not good with seeing blood/needles, please avoid. I cried so much because it is very raw, human, educational, and at the intersection of life and death.
Amanda Haley (translation), Jennifer LeBlanc (english adaptation and editor), Bianca Pistillo (touch-up art and lettering), Alice Lewis (design)
Playing Yakuza makes me appreciate the jokes in this series even more! Shiba inu neck flab scrunching is A+
I forgot to copy down the credits, but I presume: Jocelyne Allen (translation) !!!
This story arc gives me anxiety because soooo manyyy thingsss cann goooo wrongggggggg and you know things WILL go wrong / things have always been going wrong.
Haikyu!! vol.7 by Haruichi Furudate
Adrienne Beck (translation), Erika Terriquez (touch-up art & lettering), Fawn Lau (design), Marlene First (editor)
Crows go go go! Continues to be a pleaser. Excited to see the wheels of the "growth" cog turn for all the different characters, within a game. Glad that the 3rd year got to set ;_;
Steven LeCroy (translation), Rina Mapa (lettering), Sarah Tilson (editing)
I was a bit shocked at how strongly the message of deeply embedded the mentality of "need to be married with man by 30s" was, to the point that I found it kind of annoying, but I suppose that's still a strongly held belief that I purposefully purged out of my own life. In that respect, I am like the guy at the bar who finds them annoying and that I should empathize more. I expected the guy to be more ikemen...he looks weird to me?
Cells at Work and Friends vol.1 by Kanna Kurono / Mio Izumi / Supervised Akane Shimizu
??? I have no idea who did the translation or lettering because it's not on the credits page ?? Production by animaru
I started reading this because the premise sounded like a socially awkward jock himbo trying to make friends, so it delivered exactly what I wanted, haha. Except the himbo in this case is a killer T cell so there's a layer of immunology baked in.
The shorts are pretty funny because the guy's turmoil is all about trying to uphold his macho demeanor, even though he is fluffy inside. Not dissimilar to Otomen in some ways.
It was fun to see the writer's storyboards and compare them to the final version.
Sera and the Royal Stars vol.1 by Jon Tsuei (writer), Audrey Mok (artist), Raul Angulo (colorist), Jim Campbell (letterer), Karina Plaja (assistant colorist), Tim Daniel (designer), Jayden Wassel (special book design)
Since I've been reading a lot of manga lately, the pace of this felt very rushed in comparison, but I think it's a stylistic thing with western action comics. It wasn't obvious to me that Antares is associated with Scorpius/Scorpii (etc.) since I don't know much about stars or constellations, and that caused some confusion for me. I really like the character designs and Audrey Mok's art!
Nancy Thistlethwaite (adaptation/editor), JN productions (translation), Sara Linsley (touch-up art & lettering), Yukiko Whitley (design)
Nice to see the story wrap up!! Nothing too special happens but it's a feel good ending.
Ajin: Demi Human vol. 1-16 by Tsuina Miura (story) Gamon Sakurai (art)
Ko Ransom (translation), Risa Cho and Hiroko Mizuno (production)
Vol 16 has Ko Ransom (translation), Daniel Joseph (editor), Risa Cho, Hiroko Mizuno, and Lorina Mapa (production)
The premise reminds me of X men in the sense that there's a human vs demi human power struggle with both sides fearing each other.
Someday I will read the conclusion...just 1 more vol. I really like the sense of whirl/snap/flow that the artist is capable of doing with the bandage-y shadowy people. I can feel the movement!
Sato is really messed up (I suppose all the demi humans would be perceived as messed up because of what their bodies are capable of) but I do find him to be a charismatic antagonist.
Also very interesting how the the support staff and CSP assets are specifically credited for elements of the comic.
Anne Lee (translation), Michael Martin (lettering), Lauren Scanlan (editing), Phil Balsman
I was very confused while reading this comic. Probably because they introduce 5+ characters at once I couldn't tell the characters apart and they also change hair style/colour...and there's a timeskip...??? The pair dynamic is not my taste but I think people who like the Sekaiichi or Junjou series would find this series appealing!
The author draws themselves as a bikini-wearing bunny getting bitten by deadline dog
City vol.1 by Keiichi Arawi
Jenny McKeon (translation), Grace Lu and Hiroko Mizuno (production)
I can't quite put my finger on how to describe this series, but I find it to be very random and has very Japanese-style cartooning and humour.
This broccoli thing also made me laugh cause it's so bizarre.
The duck lip chapter was disturbing but also fit in with the book's vibe.
Otomen vol.9 by Aya Kanno
JN Productions (Translation and adaptation), Mark McMurray (Touch-up art and lettering), Fawn Lau (design), Amy Yu (editor)
I feel betrayed that the author doesn't like glasses characters hahahahaha.
I love this
Christine Dashiell (translation), Carl Vanstiphoutl (lettering), William Flanagan (editing)
DOGGGGGG! IDK how accurate this is to 18th century Tibet, but I I do love Moshi Rati's accessories/skirt (always drawn to be fanned out while siting) and her fangirling of weaving and thread dying!!
The author sometimes simplifies the boy's face in a way that's kind of strange to me (like googly eye) but maybe I'll come to understand why later.
Today's music post: 草蜢/Grasshopper did a cover of 少年隊/Shonentai's ABC and here's a mash up of both. I'm surprised at how similar the voices are.
Unexpectedly read a lot of books this month...
I backed this project a LONGGG time ago and then it surprised me when it arrived, since I often forget about this kind of stuff. I learned a lot about this particular kiln that is the last of its kind in Hong Kong. I want the ant deflecting moat container. I love ceramics, so cool. Glad I got this book for the topic, but also for the lovely production, layout, design, illustrations, writing, photos, and form factor. Just a lovely package all in all.
I've seen nearly most of the people IRL on this podcast at some point in my life, via TCAF (maybe not Ben Applegate). Though I think many of them would not remember me. This particular episode features cool skilled translator, interpreter, and guest liaison Jocelyne!! I do want to listen to some of the other episodes later on, but this was the least spoiler one I could start with. Such turmoil for Jocelyne re: the praying mantis's gender. I want to read Vinland Saga, given the secrets revealed by Ben, the upcoming "Canadian" connection, and the hosts' enthusiasm! Good thing I can't be spoiled because everyone has a Thor-something name and I've already forgotten them.
I thought I got a graphic novel but it was all prose. No worries, I enjoyed the story a lot and perhaps unexpectedly (!) related to a lot of it, though in a different context. I'm sad that I didn't know there was an Arabic and Urdu glossary at the end of the book, purely because I was reading the ebook copy, and was busy looking up words as I read. Touches on a lot of stuff, from family, classism, politics, lost in translation, poverty, inequity, etc. that you might not expect from a middle grade novel, but it's core to the storyline and characters, so I am grateful for its inclusion.
Haikyu!! vol. 3-6 by Haruichi Furudate (translation by Adrienne Beck)
I was wondering why the t-shirts said ROM_ on it and whether it was an error in translation/lettering, but turns out...it was the creator HAHA.
I can see why this series is popular...the characters are all growing on me.....how dare...!
I love all the weird side banter and mutual kinship and crying over stuff.
Such...amazing action artwork.
Gotta give props to the author who has to come up with new names and chara designs for all these teams. The winning/losing chapter was chef's kiss—yes this is genius and all very relatable, and this is coming from a person who especially hated/dreaded playing volleyball growing up.
Witch Hat Atelier vol.8 by Kamome Shirahama (translation by Stephen Kohler)
Wow, this plot with the inaccessibility of the designed world and classism. One could interpret that following the established principles of witchhood also means keeping class/order/status quo/hierarchy in place. Very tricky. I still love all these witch gals...
Otomen vol. 4-8 by Aya Kanno (translation by JN Productions)
Laughing at Shinjo Mayu-esque shoujo manga drawing for Yamato's parts. Props to Aya Kanno + assistants for drawing so many styles in one book.
Shoujo manga is amazing!!
The flower guy is so funny because he's adding flowers to everything/one as his trope for every panel. I love how consistently manly Ryo is...her floral arrangement was so otokomae.
Me when I went to the Swallowtail butler cafe.
Me if you ever asked me to do my own makeup.
They know my weakness.
Such funny dialogue!!
Fist of the North Star vol.1 by Buronson and Tetsuo Hara (translation by Joe Yamazaki)
My fingers typed 'Fish' instead of fist, so now I'm thinking about a fish. Intellectually, I kinda already knew the story of HnK from playing the (untranslated) NDS game a long time ago, but this is my first time reading it in English. The drawing is really well done, very clear, very cool how motion is conveyed.
The letterer/touch-up artist had a lot of do with all the sound effects. I wonder if the average reader reads DOOOMMM as doom or as DOHHH-MMUUU. I enjoyed the ORIGIN story from the editor! Funny how ideas can just come from the most random places, when you're not expecting. Also Kenshiro's hair is so unexpectedly gorgeous sometimes?!?!
Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki (translation by Jocelyne Allen, foreword by Matt Alt, Yokai Glossary by Zack Davisson)
I don't remember if I watched the cartoon a long time ago, but I somehow know this song very well. The strange/randomness was refreshing...and I could imagine the narrator's voice as I read it.
I really like the simplicity and cartoony look of the characters set against some immaculately well lit and drawn backgrounds. Really makes it POP!
Real vol.15 by Inoue Takehiko (translation by John Werry)
I kinda forgot everyone's names, so wished there was a character intro at the beginning like a lot of other manga series...
This particular chapter was really introspective for the mains. Like everyone simultaneously experiencing failure/hopelessness, and external factors dragging them back out of the pit of despair.
It finally clicked that one of the reasons I like this series is because it's slice of life-ish in a fantasy setting!! Hisame has a lot of appeal as a trolling character. Mitsuhide continues to himbo even though Kiki is right there...I like them all. What is up with these TWINS! You have zero chance to getting inbetween Mitsuhide and Kiki! OTP!
Schen sent this to me so I decided to listen in during lunch. We both appreciated the real talk in the discussion. Definitely worth listening to for someone who is a bit more uncertain or earlier in their life/career trajectory in arts. For me it was a very familiar discussion since I've been through much of the same, albeit not squarely in a "make art your job" way.
Love me, love me not vol. 3-11 by Io Sakisaka (adaptation by Nancy Thistlethwaite, Translation by JN productions)
I'm close to the end of the series! Everything is falling into place as I'd expect. Previous ignorings turns into wayward glances. Classic! I can't believe the author wrote about Baahubali in their freetalk!
Classic way to get stuck to your crush!!
B BMP! Wholesome...
Fellow Plant Feverite and cool pal rurupoi was the animator/art director (and more) for this series about plants so I had to check it out!! We've all started calling green onions "allens" now. Can be watched on CBC Gem!
Onwards towards our Noble Death by Shigeru Mizuki (introduction by Frederik L. Schodt, translation by Jocelyne Allen)
When I first opened the book and saw the spreads of character intros I felt overwhelmed and certain that I wouldn't understand this book at all, but it turns out that it was ok, in the sense that (unfortunately) everyone is treated very poorly and is short lived in this book. A part of me wondered if the author found it stressful to remember the war again, but it seems like there was some sense of catharsis / retribution / justice in the creation process.
I was curious about why the leader never spoke with his mouth open.
Today's music post: Popo and Gonggong/Plane by mary sue.
I purposefully took a backseat to reading long stuff this month to focus on my own writing...but still managed to fit in a few reading/watchings!
The comic starts in Toronto! But soon goes into sci-fi world after, haha. The shrinking world swirly cloud scene was so impressively done!! I could really feel the movement. I'm very curious about this doppelgänger character's intentions. Also this stoic glasses man is ~ my type ~ and Lully crying every time they used her card was a mood.
Maybe because this was created with a younger audience in mind, I found it to be a nice balance of "narrative" and "dialogue" which some books geared towards adults struggle with (e.g., they become way too wordy). I felt that I was able to get enough context for an unfamiliar circumstance (living as a Somali refugee in a UN refugee camp in Kenya for over a decade) but could still make the connections to understand the story. I liked that the tensions that Omar felt, more or less remain, but he finds a way to live with them and do what he thinks would be best.
They covered a lot of different topics during the talk, e.g., CLAMP's visual execution differences across shounen/seinen/shoujo manga magazines, influence of shoujo manga on contemporary queer stories/creators, BL/fujo/queer community tensions (re: queer appropriation/fetishization), etc. I knew a lot about this stuff, inherently, perhaps as both a reader, creator, and from what I've seen in discussions. I drew way more fanart for shounen series for some reason...but my heart belonged to shoujo manga. My defining moment was tracing a panel of a profile view of St. Tail's main character, crying, in Nakayoshi, back in the early 90s. Maybe because it was the first time I really saw a young emotional girl as a main in comics?! I still love to draw people crying HAHA. I also traced DBZ holographic trading cards, but with white glue, for some inexplicable weird reason. All this says a lot about what I draw now—a weird mix...
Thank you to the author for including this Mitsuhide / Kiki extra chapter. The 00 Days of Summer Vacation was very good too. Mmm shoujo manga...good.
It was like watching a story/improv skit/musical/concert at the same time, same flavour as their videos. Full of cringe and bad acting (as expected) and their lovely violin playing. I don't ship Eddy and Brett but this made me laugh really hard:
The Editor(s) need a raise.
Eddy what are you doing?
Also through this I learned that Tchaikovsky was probably GAY!!! Anyhow is you've never heard of TwoSet Violin, they're Eddy and Brett and their mission is really about sharing education/love for classical music, especially to make it relevant to a newer audience. My friends say that I am more like Brett, cause he's deadpan and makes these chaotic musical creations.
Though I don't practice 40 hours a day, and I was 100% pity minimum-passed my grade 8 piano Royal Conservatory exam decades ago. I have zero musical skill...
I activated a search bar on the sidebar because my entry count has grown and sometimes I have trouble finding my old stuff. I also found a way to self-host my own videos so I don't have to rely on third party places (that track you). Behold—a repost of an old video, now self-hosted with the power of CumulusClips (cause it was already in my cpanel's Softaculous, but I had to do a bunch of manual editing/config in cpanel for it to work)! The other HWA animatic that I am too afraid to touch because my skill doesn't meet my expectation haha.
I sent my comic book script to the editor! I really like how the book came out (storywise) so can't wait to see it come to life. I fell...in love...with these characters! Now I'm a bit of an empty, creative husk. It became a fairly emotion/feels-driven book.
Have to turn my attention to Yakuzine next~
Today's music post: Continuing the anime fever from last post, I found a 1994-1996 anime OP playlist and it's filling me with nostalgia. I forgot how much isekai I watched before the recent isekai boom came about. EL HAZARD...so much harem...I don't remember the plots of the majority of these shows but I remember these songs like yesterday.